A king! But in a stable?

Sermon St Ambrose Christmas 2017

When we heard our first reading today, we could have got all excited! ‘The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light!’ That sounds good doesn’t it?

They rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest’ – yes, still good!

The yoke of their burden, the bar across their shoulders has been broken.’ Still great news!

But what is the reason for all this good news? Isaiah tells us, prophesying about the future, that a baby has been born, and authority rests on his shoulders, and he’s got lots of high-sounding names like wonderful counsellor, prince of peace. Isaiah also tells us that the authority of this child will grow and there shall be endless peace. Now that’s something we want isn’t it? So after that reading, we’re all set for a King to sweep into town, full of power! Continue reading

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